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Observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2012

January 15th marks what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 83rd birthday, but an observance of the work he accomplished takes place on Monday January 16th.

In addition to government agencies including the D.C. Department of Public Works and D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles closed for the day, local venues are doing their part to remember the civil rights leader:

1) Let Freedom Ring tribute concert at the Kennedy Center with Bobby McFerrin at 6:00 pm. See article on the concert here

2) Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade starting at 645 Milwaukee Place SE, and ending on 4201 M.L. King Ave., SW. The parade begins at 11:00 am.

3) The National Museum of American History is holding a Family Festival that will include educational activities, interactive playing, discussions, and a musical performance from the Freedom Singers.

4) Washington National Cathedral will present the 14th annual concert and presentation of “King in Our Midst.” Expect performances by School Without Walls Choir, Tony Keith, St. Augustine Gospel Choir, CityDance Conservatory Dancers, Malcom X Dancers & Drummers, Urban National H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir, and WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir. Admission is a new children’s book to benefit local charities.

5) At 8:00 am, the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation will remember M.L.K Jr. by laying a wreath on the Stone of Hope at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Harry E. Johnson, president and CEO of the Foundation, Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, and Robert G. Stanton, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar will speak at this ceremony.

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Find "the one" at Hitched

January 11, 2012

If you were one of the many who got engaged over the holidays and have started in on the wedding plans, you are in luck. On Thursday, January 12th, Georgetown's premier bridal salon, Hitched, is holding a sample sale from 5:00-8:00 pm on select gowns in their store. Couture designs by Anna Maier, Amsale, and Lela Rose will be up to 70% off, and you can walk right out with the gown once it's purchased.

RSVP to info@hitchedsalon.com, or call: 202.333.6162.

Hitched Salon is located at 1523 Wisconsin Avenue.

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Hillary Clinton on the U.S. National Action Plan

December 20, 2011

Hillary Clinton visited Georgetown University (her husband's Alma Mater) Monday to deliver a speech on the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, signed this morning by President Obama.
Hillary Clinton speaking on the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Hillary Clinton speaking on the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.
Every time she stood, spoke, or even looked out onto the crowd, she received a standing ovation or, at the very least, a roar of applause. Georgetown University's Dean of the School of Foreign Services Carol Lancaster, and President John. J. DeGioia introduced the Secretary of State and gave context to her visit. The purpose of her speech shed light on the gender differences and inequalities that women face all over the world. Her passion on this subject has long been known, and she couldn't have been more proud of the action plan that President Obama signed. She spoke of the atrocities women face all over the world, and touched on solutions that the plan would enforce.
Healy Hall at Georgetown University before Hillary Clinton came onstage. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Healy Hall at Georgetown University before Hillary Clinton came onstage.
Clinton also spoke about a woman she had recently come to deeply admire who was also in attendance, the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga. Her strength and determination was something the Secretary of State noted, as Atifete Jahjaga is the youngest woman president in her country's history. After graduating from school she became a police officer determined to protect and bring peace to her people. After winning over the trust of the people both on and off the streets, she ran for office to bring about change. Her spirit and tenacity helped prove Clinton's point about how effective women can truly be.

In closing, Hillary Clinton said, "Women are not victims of war, but agents of peace."

For more information on the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security click here.

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